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Steffensen fundraiser draws big support

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A fundraiser for Kevin Steffensen's family on January 18 at the Wylie-Mitchell building in Estevan was well-attended and well-supported, according to organizer Lori Gervais.

Gervais, who is a long-time friend of Kevin Steffensen's wife, Tammi, said they don't have an official tally yet, but initial estimates indicate it raised about $85,000. Additional donations continue to come in.

Kevin Steffensen is currently battling Stage 4 brain cancer. 

A Dutch auction for a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle generated $60,000 of the revenues, Gervais said. Chris Scholpp was the successful bidder.  

The event opened with a supper that attracted more than 350 people. Some of those people left following the supper, Gervais said, but more came for a cabaret after supper that featured local band Shattered.

"The crowd filtered in and out, so it's hard to say how many, total, were there throughout the night, but it was a wonderful turnout," said Gervais.

Many items were donated for the fundraiser, and most of them were sold through silent and Chinese auctions. A few more items have yet to come in, and Gervais said they will find a way to sell them.

Tammi Steffensen was able to attend the event, Gervais said, and Tammi delivered an update on her husband's condition, and expressed her family's appreciation.

"Tammi really, really wants (everyone) to know how overwhelmed she is with all of the community support," said Gervais. "It's been unbelievable. This is going to be a huge sigh of relief for her to not worry about the funds anymore. They can focus on getting him better, and seeking out whatever treatments they decide are the best route to go."

There is also a trust fund at the Estevan Scotiabank branch for the Steffensen family.


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